Daily Cast Archive

Teaching on the lake

Paul Arden - Monday, February 17, 2020

I’ve just spent the last five days teaching a complete fly fishing beginner here in the jungle. Obviously this is always going to be a tough place to learn to fly fish! In fact I doubt that there is anywhere harder. But we had plenty of time to learn fly casting, cover tackle, leaders, knots and even tie a fly!

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Back into the groove

Viking Lars - Saturday, February 15, 2020

It's February and it's time for me to get back into the groove. A back injury kept me from fishing and casting most of last year, and I really need to get my casting back together again and it's a process I look forward to (and something I've done before). My goal is certainly not getting into competition shape, but getting a propoer cast back togehter, both with the single hander and the double hander. I started slowly last fall, but my back wasn't too happy about the torsion when looking at my back cast (yes, I often look at my back cast). But finally it's mobile enough to get going.

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The Bucktail Experiment

Martyn White - Friday, February 14, 2020

Some of you might remember that I decided to limit myself to fishing only traditional bucktail streamers for smallmouth bass last season. Well that season is definitely over and I'm getting ready for the 2020 smallmouth fishing to kick off soon, without the limitations of last year. It should be obvious that this wasn't about finding out if the old streamers still work. Of course they do! Although I hear myself and others say it often enough that I have to wonder who we're trying to convince. I actually caught more smallmouth bass last season than I ever have, probably because I spent more time on them than I ever have before rather than some X factor inherent in the bucktails.

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Coffee? Would you care for 'dead sheep' syrup in that?

Tracy&James - Thursday, February 13, 2020

Health has been in the headlines a lot lately with the latest coronavirus getting significant coverage. I always find the alarmist media response to such occurrences interesting, more about selling newspapers and making people watch digital marketing than actually passing on any real facts. For example, rarely will they tell you the normal death rate from pneumonia to which the latest coronavirus adds a small number of percentage points – they’d rather stir up panic by concentrating on the 5% of cases caused by a ‘foreign’ virus than the 95% from the home-grown ones (up to 30,000 people die in the UK from pneumonia every year – depending on source). It’s no wonder the public response is so weird at times. Tracy recently returned from the hairdressers and told me about a conversation between other customers that she couldn’t help but overhear; one was explaining to the other that they should avoid Chinese food and restaurants just in case they’re served up the coronavirus on a plate, FFS! I also find the wearing of face masks intriguing, there is no clinical evidence that these significantly reduce the incidence of infection, if there is any benefit from them at all (and it’s not certain there is), it’s because it stops the wearer touching their own mouth and nose as much.

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Odds and ends

Gary Meyer - Tuesday, February 11, 2020

I am still digesting the feast that was the Fly Show in Atlanta. Yes, I know in a way they are lame and not a real substitute for fishing trips or casting comps, but it was such a pleasure to just hang out with a bunch of similarly afflicted individuals.

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HT7 or HT6 for instructing?

Paul Arden - Monday, February 10, 2020

This is a question that’s come up at least four times in the past fortnight and so I thought that I should write an FP that I can send a link to for when I’m asked next, because it’s actually a very good question! Of course there are some examinations where 6 is the maximum permissible - certainly that was the case with the EFFA Maters when I took that all those years ago. I can’t remember what AAPGAI is (I took that with a 5WT line - edit: Lee tells me maximum is a 7 line).

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Andy Dear - Sunday, February 9, 2020

The Search Part III---Survival Only recently have we come up with the technology to turn lazing into a way of life. We've taken our sinewy, durable, hunter-gatherer bodies, and plunked them into an artificial world of leisure. ---Christopher McDougall

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Outdoor gear

Viking Lars - Saturday, February 8, 2020

Looking forward to the 2020-season, I was goiing over my outdoor gear. I decided to go through all of it - sleeping gear, cooking gear, tents, hammock and other paraphernelia associated with a few nights (or more) in the outdoors. The reason was that last year I noticed that the fly for our trusty old Mountain HardWear 3-person tent was coming apart in the seams. More precisely, the seam tape was dissolving, which is a shame because the tent is otherwise in good condition. I emailed the good people at MH and got some advice (this is *not* a warranty issue - the tent is over 15 years old). I need to remove the deteriorated seam tape and go over the areas with seam seal (haven’t gotten to that part yet).

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Throw back

Mika Lappalainen - Friday, February 7, 2020

Middle of winter, days are getting longer. I have been thinking about a lot next August. Returning to Varzina trout camp with great company. We were there 2018 first time. Water level was really low on that year so, I expect that river will be totally different on coming trip. Still I have a map on my head about rocks and spots.

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Weighty Matters

Tracy&James - Thursday, February 6, 2020

With the start of the casting season fast approaching I’ve been having a few conversations lately with competitors and potential competitors. Whilst some of these interactions are about the calendar, which Tracy and the other committee members are working on (some dates are set, some aren’t yet), the majority are tackle discussions. The subject that raises by far the most questions is lines, and specifically line weights. I know that this subject has been covered here and on the board dozens of times but it still causes issues, especially in competition casting where there’s a distinct advantage to throwing a heavier line. Things would be easy if line manufacturers stuck to the AFFTA specification, but we all know that many do not.

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Fantastic Fly Fishing Weekend in Basque Country

Bernd Ziesche - Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Teaching Distance Fly Casting, catching a Basque Grand Slam (Pike, Perch and Zander in one day), midnight fishing for mullet in Bilbao, lecturing about Fly casting, great food and a hell of a fine company with good friends! The last days couldn't have been any better!

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Not one size

Gary Meyer - Tuesday, February 4, 2020

I am just back from the Atalanta fly fishing show and in need of a good night’s sleep, so this might not take long.

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How to practise your flycasting

Paul Arden - Monday, February 3, 2020

As I think most of you will be aware the way to become a good or even excellent fly caster is to practise. Yes of course lessons can be very useful too, and not just for beginners but for all casting levels. I’ve made a small career out of teaching advanced level flycasting. Talking of which, this is certainly something you should consider ie joining me here in Malaysia for a week on the Battleship, where as well as teaching you how to catch both Giant Snakehead and Giant Gourami, I will take your casting skills up a few levels. Many who join me here do so as much for this reason as they do the fishing.

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The Search Part II---Tradition

Andy Dear - Sunday, February 2, 2020

Last week I made a vain attempt to make a case for my position that there is indeed a reason that we fish. It is, in fact, my belief that there is not just one, but multiple reasons that drive us to engage in the craft of angling. I'd like to explore as many of these as possible over the next several weeks because I think it's a worthwhile pursuit for a multitude of reasons, the primary of which is that it's just really damned interesting.

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Flies are for Fishermen

Paul Arden - Saturday, February 1, 2020

It’s funny the older and possibly wiser I get the less importance I attribute to flies. The late Peter Mackenzie-Philps summed up flyfishing entomology with the words, “if it’s small and brown fish something that’s small and brown!” Movement, size, silhouette, shape and sometimes colour - yes these can all be important sometimes. But mostly just “small and brown” is fine.

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